• Alaska health official eyeing Arkansas plan

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — State health commissioner Bill Streur is looking at whether Arkansas has a health care solution that might work in this state. Arkansas wants to use Medicaid expansion money under the federal health care law to enroll people in private plans on …

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  • Bank recognized

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) recognizes Citizens Bank in Batesville for reaching an important milestone as an ICBA member. This marks the community bank’s 40 years as a member of ICBA, the only national trade association dedicated exclusively to serving …

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  • Airman’s program to target fitness

    KUNSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea — Shaving a few seconds off of run time may not seem like much, but can be the difference in graduating Air Force boot camp or not. Airman 1st Class Patrick Shappley, 8th Communications Squadron cable and antennae maintenance …

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  • Best-selling author Elmore Leonard dies

    DETROIT — He was the master of his genre, the Dickens of Detroit, the Chaucer of crime. Every novel Elmore Leonard wrote from the mid-1980s on was a best-seller, and every fan of crime stories knew his name. George Clooney was an admirer. So were …

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  • Singer Eydie Gorme dies

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Eydie Gorme, a popular nightclub and television singer as a solo act and as a team with her husband, Steve Lawrence, has died. She was 84. Gorme, who also had a huge solo hit in 1963 with “Blame it on the …

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  • Country Hall of Famer Clement dies

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — “Cowboy” Jack Clement, a producer, engineer, songwriter and beloved figure who helped birth rock ’n’ roll and push country music into modern times, died Thursday at his home. He was 82. Dub Cornett, a close friend of Clement’s, said his hospice …

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  • Police warn of booby-trap car in search for teen

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — A massive search entered a sixth day today for a man suspected of abducting a 16-year-old family friend as police warned he may have abandoned his car while on the run and rigged it with explosives. James Lee DiMaggio, 40, may …

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  • Rains unleash deadly Midwest flooding

    ST. LOUIS  — Torrential rains continued across the nation’s midsection on Thursday, causing flash flooding that killed a woman and a child, damaged homes and forced multiple water rescues. Up to 10 inches of rain pounded southern Missouri overnight. A woman died near Jane, Mo., …

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  • Rescuers find body of 25-year-old Mt. Hood snowboarder

    MOUNT HOOD, Ore. (AP) — A dozen rescuers armed with chain saws and other tools chipped away at tons of ice and snow Sunday to the recover the body of a 25-year-old snowboarder killed when an ice tunnel collapsed on Oregon’s Mount Hood. The snowboarder, …

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  • Ohio killer set for execution found hanged in cell

    CLEVELAND (AP) — A man condemned to death for fatally stabbing a neighbor during a Cleveland burglary was found hanged in his cell Sunday just days before his Wednesday execution. Billy Slagle, 44, was found at about 5 a.m. at the Chillicothe Correctional Institution south …

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  • Janet’s Notebook

    Cool off with fresh summer drink ideas There’s a charming spot right off our little downtown square where they make liquid gold.  They call it Almond Punch, but I swear it’s priceless.  Cool and cravable, it’s the go-to for every lunching lady who steps across …

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  • Hot air balloons to fly over Tunica; public offered rides

    TUNICA, Miss. (AP) — It’s hard to find more hot air in one place than will be in Tunica on Aug. 9-11. And that’s not an insult to Tunica promoters; they planned it that way. Tunica’s second Balloon Bash is set for those dates, starting …

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